Terms & Conditions

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Booking Terms and Conditions 2018/2019 for Porthleven Holiday Cottages.

Your reservation is a legally binding contract and by making a reservation you are agreeing to comply with our Terms and Conditions as set out below.

Contract of hire

  • Porthleven Holiday Cottages Limited (PHCL) act on behalf of and are connected with Companies or individuals whom own the holiday properties (hereafter call the OWNERS)
  • The hiring contract shall be between the hirer and the Owners of the individual properties and shall be deemed to be made subject to these Booking Conditions.
  • The Contract of Hire is not effective until Porthleven Holiday Cottages Limited despatches to the Hirer written confirmation of a booking.
  • The hiring contract confers upon the Hirer the right to occupy the property for a holiday only and that no right to remain in the accommodation exists after the date of the holiday, as stated in the Booking Form within the meaning of section 9 of the Rent Act 1997.


  • A deposit of 50% of the total cost of the accommodation and £10 booking fee (non-refundable) is required at the time of booking with the balance due 4 weeks before the date of arrival.
  • For bookings made within one calendar month of the due date of arrival full payment is required at the time of booking.
  • Provisional bookings are held for 7 days during which time confirmation of the booking is required by payment of either the 50% deposit or full payment. Provisional bookings will be automatically cancelled after 7 days if no deposit is received.


  • Payments can be made via Sage Pay (online), or by credit/debit card over the phone to our office.


  • Bookings cancelled 16 weeks in advance of arrival date will be refunded in full with a £50 cancellation charge applied.
  • For bookings cancelled less than 16 weeks before arrival date, every effort will be made to re-let the property in which case 50% of the full payment made will be refunded to you. If however, the property is not re-let, you are liable for the full cost.
  • Changing bookings from one week to another after the booking has been made will incur a £50 fee and changes cannot be made within 4 weeks of the date of arrival.
  • Your booking fee of £10 is non refundable.
  • We strongly recommend taking out holiday insurance to cover you if you are unable to take the holiday for any reason.


  • We shall not be liable to you or any member of your party for any harm, loss or damage to person or property arising from the letting.

Changeover days

  • Changeover days are either a Friday or Saturday. Please refer to the individual property details.
  • Out of season short breaks or mid week breaks may be available, and will be advertised on our website or please call to enquire about specific availability.

Arrival & Departure times

  • In order that the property can be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the next arrival, departure time is 10:00am with arrival being from 4:00pm.
  • All our properties have a key safe, and you will be given the code for the safe to release the door key two weeks prior to arrival with your arrival instructions.
  • You can arrive at any time after 4:00pm.

Number in the Party

  • You must inform us of the number of people staying in the property and at no time must this exceed the number given on the booking form.
  • PHCL reserves the right to refuse admittance if this condition is not observed.
  • No more than six day visitors to a property are permitted without the prior written consent of the Company which reserves the right to require payment of a refundable breakage’s deposits in such circumstances.

Personal Belongings

  • Vehicles, baggage and personal belongings are at the Hirers risk at all times.
  • No responsibility will be accepted for loss or damage to any belongings or its contents.
  • Guests parking in the company’s car park do so at their own risk.


  • Well behaved dogs are welcome in the properties that state this in their details.
  • An additional charge of £20 (per dog) is made for dogs and we request that they are not allowed upstairs or on the furniture and that all trace of them is removed from the garden and the property at the end of the holiday.


  • We shall be allowed access to the property at a reasonable time for essential maintenance work. It is hoped that this will be by prior arrangement.


  • All the properties have heating, ranging from under-floor or central heating to night store heaters.
  • Many have additional heating with open fires or wood burners. A complimentary basket of kindling and logs is provided in the properties with fires or stoves.

The Properties

  • We try to ensure that the properties are heated and aired constantly but retain their inherent character. Any queries regarding the condition of the property, the accommodation afforded or the facilities available must be taken up with Porthleven Holiday Cottages Limited within 48 hours of arrival so that any necessary action may be taken.
  • No action in this regard will be entered into after the holiday has finished.

Care of the Property

  • The hirer is responsible for looking after the property during the holiday and leaving it in a clean and tidy condition. Any breakages or damage must be reported to the office and paid for.
  • Where excessive cleaning is required, or damage beyond normal wear and tear has occurred a charge will be made.
  • Charges for damages will be payable on demand.

Property owner’s rights

  • PHCL acting on behalf of the Owners reserves the right to refuse any booking and also cancel any booking already made, if in its absolute discretion it considers this to be necessary.
  • Where a booking is cancelled, it will make every effort to offer an alternative holiday at no increase in cost and if the Hirer does not accept the alternative holiday offered, the Owners will return to the Hirer the deposit paid and any other sum paid to the Owners by the Hirer.


  • All bed linen and towels are provided but we suggest that you bring your own beach towels.
  • If you have young children in your party please also bring waterproof mattress protectors.

Travel Cots & Highchairs

  • We have a limited number of these that we can put in your property, but they must be requested at the time of booking. Linen and bedding for travel cots is not provided.

Lost Property

  • Please make every effort to ensure you remove all your clothing and belongings at the end of your holiday.
  • We will return items to you on receipt of full payment for the postage required and an additional £5 handling and packing charge.
  • Items not claimed after 28 days will be disposed of.


  • While every effort has been made to ensure that the representations contained in the brochure, online and in all advertising materials are made in good faith, neither they nor any oral representations made by employees or representatives of the Owners will create liability on the part of the Owners.
  • Please bear in mind that many of the properties are old, traditional buildings with narrow stairs and steps between rooms so do take extra care until you have the measure of them.
  • Granite, salt air and paint do not work well together, so despite a constant maintenance programme you may find paint flaking. Likewise, in the older properties, damp patches may appear after wet weather due to the construction of the building.


  • Prices as published are held for the current year and are subject to change at any time.
  • Prices for subsequent years should be verified with PHCL.


  • There shall be no liability for any claim arising from the act, omission or neglect or default of the Owners, its representatives unless proved to be done with intent to cause damage or recklessly and with knowledge that loss or danger would probably result.
  • The Owners representatives have no authority to waive or modify these Conditions other than in writing.


  • Any complaint must be made during the time of your stay so that it can be investigated and remedied as soon as possible. Complaints will not be accepted or dealt with after the holiday.

Matters Beyond Our Control

  • These include local happenings that may occur at any time, e.g. nearby building work or invasion by pests.
  • Neither the Owner nor PHCL accept responsibility for any matter beyond their control or for the effects any works may have on your enjoyment of the property. This does not affect your statutory rights.
  • We will always endeavour to ensure that advertised services such as Sky or broadband are working but in the unfortunate event of a breakdown no refund will be due.
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